Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval this morning to outsourcing the scheduling of side jobs for police to a North Carolina-based company, part of an effort to overhaul the bureau's secondary employment operation.
The city is considering a one-year, $148,000 pact with Cover Your Assets Inc., which already runs a website for the bureau to help track side jobs for officers.
At the meeting today, Public Safety Director Mike Huss said outsourcing the scheduling of side jobs will save the city money and help address concerns about misuse of the system. Two officers who currently work in the Special Events Office and administer scheduling will be moved to other assignments.
Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson said the bureau investigated allegations that some officers had hacked the system so that they would be notified when the most sought-after jobs were posted. This would have given them an advantage because jobs are doled out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
He said the bureau ended its investigation when it found that the practice would not have violated policy or broken the law.
The bill is up for a final vote next week.
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